Need Help With 90' Alley Dock

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TreeTheTrucker's Comment
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Can anyone give me pointers for performing the 90' alley dock. I have to pass this maneuver to be hired on by the company(Celadon)(I guess passing the CDL test wasn't enough smh) I get that it's essentially a straight back, but almost jackknifing the truck and only being able to see on one a bit much...oh and no they don't let us open the door(as someone once told me)


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murderspolywog's Comment
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This is how I teach people to do it. Pull up to your spot 8 to 10 feet away. And 8 to 10 feet past your hole. Make your turn hard and fellow your trailer into it's spot this is with tamdoms set at 40 feet. Most of the time you will need to make little corrections less angle or more angle as needed. Just rember if your trailer tires cut in to much you will run something over. I hope that helps.

D B.'s Comment
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You may not need the help anymore but you have as many get outs and pull ups as you need for their 90. As long as you get it in within 15 minutes without hitting anything you pass. I passed it about a month ago by following what the practice instructor told me which only really helps you pass the test (it doesn't work very well in real life).

Pull past the hole until your shoulder it's even with the passenger side of the trailer you want your driver side to be lined next to. Hard right until you see just a sliver of the emergency line glad hand. Soft left until your truck and trailer are lined up. You should be at an angle with your trailer facing the hole. Make sure the back of your trailer is lined up so you are across from the inspection box on the driver side trailer you are backing next to. Hard right backwards until your mud flaps are even with the edge of your trailer. Hard left until you are relatively straight in the hole. Then just straight line back it in. GOAL. I got out 12 times and had 5 pull ups to get it in. This worked for me at the Indy yard.

You don't have to 90 on the test. They don't care how you put it in. (At least in Indy they don't)


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TreeTheTrucker's Comment
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@D B. I appreciate the reply and I'm in Indy now with celadon. I passed the 90 and the road test. I start orientation tomorrow.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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@D B. I appreciate the reply and I'm in Indy now with celadon. I passed the 90 and the road test. I start orientation tomorrow.

Congrats !!!! I live here in Indy, welcome to the city and have fun at Celedon.

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